We took the gondola up to Nevis Range and dropped into the Allt Daim. Following the glen south we began to pick our way up the hill onto the East Ridge of Carn Dearg Meadhonach looking at the snow pack (great Blog here from Mike on what's happening at present) and who we can teach the Be Avalanche Aware process to students and the limitations of pits (which we don't really use for decision making at all). We also talked about how we could manage novices on steep terrain through a variety of techniques culminating in the much misunderstood art of short roping.
The ridge was fun, the views and the wind came and went. We dropped back off Carn Beag Dearg still taking care to avoid patches of visually obvious slab before recrossing the Allt Damh to get the gondola down.
Forgot the camera today so its fuzzy iPhone pics. I didn't hang around to photo the Edinburgh Uni student preparing to bare all to a biting wind for a naked calendar- serious risk of frost nip!!
Not a decision making tool so much as a visual teaching aid
A clear red flag; propagating cracks
Iain takes a seat
Sam leads the way
Nearly at the top
Looking back down the ridge
Our route today